During the 1980s I was an avid bowler and jogger. I bowled as many as 100 games a week and ran 5 miles a day. In 1988 I experienced a lot of pain in my right knee; so much pain, in fact, that I stopped running and bowling. I saw an orthopedist in The Dalles, my home at the time, who ended up performing arthroscopy to repair torn cartilage in my knee. He told me I wouldn’t have the knee by the time I was 60. From that time on, I refrained from walking and bowling. At 60, I still had the knee. But in February 2017 I began to experience a great deal of pain in the knee to the point I could only walk with a limp and needed NSAID relief. Finally, in Late August 2017, I had a total knee replacement at Kaiser Permanente in Portland, Oregon.
My treatment and recovery
I was put on a waiting list and had to wait nearly 5 months before I could have the surgery. During that time, I was given a handicap sticker for my car and had to curtail my activity as the pain grew worse. The lack of activity caused me to put on a great deal of weight. The surgery itself went really well. Late in the afternoon after I returned from recovery to my room, a physical therapist had me up and walking. By mid-morning the next day I was sent home with an icing machine and a prescription of oxycontin. The oxycontin really helped with the pain though it played havoc with my taste buds and appetite. Less than a week after returning home, I began outpatient physical therapy. The therapists were very kind but aggressive in their regimen for me. Within 2 months of the surgery I was pain free, off my pain meds, and walking without a limp.